JERUSALEM (AP) -- David Toniok of Kenya won the second Jerusalem marathon on a windy and cold Friday, completing the hilly course nearly seven minutes faster than last year's winning time by countryman Raymond Kipkoech.
Toniok finished in 2 hours, 19 minutes, 52 seconds on a route that took runners through the walled Old City, alongside the president's residence and up Mount Scopus to circle the campus of Hebrew University.
The 26.2-mile race and a slate of shorter events drew about 15,000 runners, with about 1,500 coming from overseas.
A large police contingent was deployed in Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians as a capital and a frequent flash point of violence.
Organizers hope to elevate Jerusalem to the list of cities that host major annual marathons.